The Great Raspberry Pi “Scam”

 …or “How a ‘$25′ PC actually costs you $500!!!1″

To sum up many of the criticisms:

“Raspberry Pi is a scam! People are finally talking about this. They call it a $25 computer, but it’s not. Once you add the extras you need to make it a computer it mounts up. Here is a breakdown:

  • For a start the $25 version IS NOT AVAILABLE You need to buy the more expensive version. That’s the $35 version. That’s a WHOLE EXTRA $10. $10 will feed a village in Nigeria for 30 years! FACT!!!
  • You need a  monitor of some kind. The Raspberry Pi DOES NOT COME with a monitor. A decent monitor will cost you $100! Already that is $100 on top of the cost.
  • You need a flash drive. This thing DOES NOT EVEN come with a drive. You need a good one apparently which will probably cost you $30
  • You need a keyboard. That’s another $15-20
  • You need a mouse, that’ll be $10.
  • You need cables. Good HDMI cables from a high street store can be $40.
  • The thing DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A CASE!!! You need to get a proper case for it WHICH THEY DON’T EVEN SELL!!! You need to pay for a designer case which you then have to pay a production company to build. This could costs $100s!! Let’s say $250 unless people sell them on ebay for $15 which they probably don’t.
So how much is that to get this “$25 PC” actually up and running like a normal PC?

$485! Lets call it $500 to cover things we’ve forgotten.And it doesn’t even run MS Office. The most common thing people would want to run on any PC. For $500 you could buy a laptop that would run MS Office and comes with everything you need. WHY would you buy a Raspberry Pi???

Either this is a massive scam or I’ve completely missed the point of the Raspberry Pi…”

Including postage my Pi cost £30. It’s a dev device. It’s aimed at educating people and helping to forge a new generation of geeks and engineers. Not a cheap PC to replace a laptop or desktop machine for your to run the latests Office software or your Steam library. It’ll run Windows if someone gets the Windows 8 for ARM running on it, but it’s not designed with that in mind. It won’t run Office. It’s not supposed to. It’ll run vi or geany. Or Emacs if you are that way inclined. If S Office 2010 running on a Raspberry Pi then you’ve done extremely well and you’ll need to write up a full guide for the rest of us.

Anyway, the actual cost: £30 delivered. I need to put a Linux of some kind on an SD card. SD cards are extra but I have spares in a drawer. So do you. It needs a keyboard. I’ve got one upstairs in a box. It’ll do the job. If I get SSHD set up I won’t need it, or a mouse. I’ll log in from my PC, or my phone, or your phone. It’ll plug into a TV. Like old micros used to, only with better output. HDMI cables are £29.99 in Currys. If you buy them there you are an idiot. I bought one on eBay for £3. It’s fine. If you buy all your kit in Currys then the Raspberry Pi is not for you. If you don’t have a HDMI TV or monitor then it’s got a composite port. So does that old TV in the garage, you know the one you planned to give to a charity shop or take to a dump?

Basically I’ve had to buy zeroextras to get the Pi up and running. I had all these bits lying around, because I’m a geek. If you aren’t a geek or have no interest in geekery then you have no business buying a Raspberry Pi. It’s not for you. You can get a cheap laptop for £200. Do that and quit bitching about things you have obviously done no research into.

So, total cost to me of buying a Raspberry Pi: £30. Which isn’t $35. It’s more like $45-50 now, but that’s just because the Raspberry Pi Foundationchose a crap currency to deal in. So yes. the $25 PC won’t cost you $25.

Maybe you oughta sue?

4 Responses to The Great Raspberry Pi “Scam”

  1. “Let’s say $250 unless people sell them on ebay for $15 which they probably don’t.”
    They actually do. Oh wait. No, it’s $5.

  2. well mate, this is nothing but bull.
    it connects to your tv!!
    im sure you have a mouse and keyboard laying around as well as if your in a modern, digitalised age, a HDMI cable!!
    cases do not cost you $100 !!! they cost £4 from RS components, the guys who ship the pi’s!!
    its not a flash drive, its a SD card, which is £10 at the most!!
    the price theyre saying is for the board, you have to be a normal person to have one you a**hole.

    • Yes, it is bull. Which was the point of the post. Maybe you should have read to the end before posting your vitriol.

  3. “Either this is a massive scam or I’ve completely missed the point of the Raspberry Pi…”

    You certainly have, Olly!

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